News & Announcements

CALS and Arkansas Symphony Call for Spoken Word Submissions

Spoken word performers will join Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on stage for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy February 23 & 24.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) have announced a collaboration in a spoken word performance event focused on themes of joy, unity and hope.


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Jacksonville’s Toy Library Opens Sept 14th

The Wilson Family announces the opening of Gran Gran’s Toy Library within the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., Jacksonville, AR. 

Library members will be able to check out two educational toys per visit, on Wednesday & Friday mornings from 11:15 am-11:45 am, following the children’s programs on those days.


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Catalog Updates Scheduled for August 17

To better serve our patrons, on the morning of Friday, August 17, CALS will update the software that supports our catalog and allows patrons to log in to various digital libraries, such as Overdrive and Freegal. During the update some of our services will be unavailable and you may not be able to log in to your account in others.


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Dee Brown Hours of Operation to Change Temporarily

Due to an unforeseen maintenance issue, CALS Dee Brown Library’s hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., beginning Monday, August 6. Patron HOLDS will remain on the shelf 10 days instead of the normal 7 days to allow patrons additional time to pick up their items.

We apologize for this inconvenience. 


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Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery

Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery with Richard Glazier, pianist, raconteur, and cultural historian will be presented on Friday, September 28 in the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. in collaboration with Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas Sounds, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics,


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CALS One Read

Read, converse, debate, and share your thoughts with fellow book lovers from around central Arkansas during this CALS community reading event.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, won multiple awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Andrew M. Butler of the award’s judging committee, noted that “while many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity,


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